Perrinville Early Childhood Center – Room#16
 
As School Begins…..

 
About the teacher: I have been teaching at Perrinville for the last 14 years.

I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2000 with an elementary teaching certificate and an endorsement specializing in early childhood education. I also received my Master’s Degree in Special Education from Madonna University. I have two daughters. My oldest daughter is 18 and attends Cooke School in Northville in the Cognitively Impaired Program. My youngest daughter is 15 and is starting 10th grade at Franklin High School in Livonia.

Staff: The staff working in the classroom:

Jennifer Johns – classroom teacher

Candy Megerian - parapro (full day)

Leeann Retting – parapro (full day) 

Marci Miller – speech therapist

Tina Gans – physical therapist

Linda Coran – occupational therapist

Transitions: The start of school can be a scary time for young children (and their parents too). Your child will take his/her “cue” from you. Try to establish a little routine before dropping your child off or putting your child on the bus. Remind your child about the routine: example, “I’ll give you one hug and one kiss and then mom/dad will go.” Always say good-bye to your child. This helps with closure and reinforces trust.

Personal Items: **Please label everything!! We try very hard to keep track of all belongings. You can help a great deal by putting your child’s name or initials on everything from shoes to backpacks to clothing. School is a place for active play and fun (but messy) art work. Please save extra special clothes for special times: (Example – Picture day, Holiday Parties)

Communication: If you need to get in touch with me, the easiest way is to email me. My email address is jjohns@livoniapublicschools.org. You can also call our secretary (Patty) at 734-744-2765. Patty is able to call into our rooms during the day if there is an emergency, but generally teachers do not take calls while class is in session. I will try to answer your call as quickly as possible. I will be in the building from 8:15 until 3:45 Mon. – Fri. I will try to return your calls before school between 8:15 and 9:00 and after school between 3:30 and 3:45. Again, email is the quickest and easiest form of communication.

I will also send home a notebook that we can use to communicate to each other on an on-going basis. Please feel free to let me know information that involves your child and your family. It’s also helpful to know if your child stayed up unusually late, didn’t eat well before school or had an event that might affect his/her ability to concentrate at school.

Notes: Weekly information created to inform you of the weekly theme, language skills, basic concepts and motor development will be available on my school website. I will also include reminders of upcoming events and items that are needed to be sent in. In your child’s backpack, you will also receive a monthly calendar, a Perrinville Panda newsletter, letters from PTA, information on parent education classes, fundraising catalogs, book order forms, information on local community programs and information on building activities.

Illness/Medications: Please let me know if your child is on any medication and the reason. If your child has a temperature, he/she must stay home for 24 hours so that the other children are not exposed. We will call for you to come and pick up your child if he/she has a temperature, lots of drainage or serious cut/injury.

Bus Harness: A bus harness is provided for all children who ride the bus. A child can NOT be transported unless he/she has a harness. The harness should be worn on the outside of all outer clothing.

Birthdays: If you want, you may send a special treat for your child’s birthday. We will provide a birthday hat and sing the birthday song during snack time. Check with me regarding the current number of students or to pick the day to celebrate (if the actual day is a non-school day). We have found mini-muffins, frosted animal crackers and donut holes to be a big hit.

Holidays: Our program recognizes that many children have difficulty with the concepts, sights, sounds and routines associated with these days. In order to provide a safe environment to learn and practice the associated skills, while engaging the children in a fun and stimulating experience, we do have holiday themes. The children are exposed to vocabulary, hear holiday music, practice trick-or-treating, see Santa and get there picture taken with him, and hunt for painted eggs. However, we do NOT teach the religious aspects of the holidays and try to provide a variety of multi-cultural experiences, since we recognize that children will see these symbols at home, in stores and at restaurants. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact me or Carol Carignan, the building administrator.

Snacks: We have snack time every day for about 10-15 minutes at the end of our day. Please send in a snack for your child daily. Try to include a variety of foods with different tastes and textures. Please let me know if your child has a food allergy or food restriction.

Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer, I encourage you to join our PTA and see how you can help our school. We do not have parent volunteers in the classroom with their own child as this tends to be confusing/distracting for the children.